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Google Unveil Second-Generation Google Glass

By Paul Joseph

Google has released the latest version of its Glass augmented reality eyewear, this time targeted at business users.

The second-generation Glass Enterprise Edition replaces the initial iteration of the Google Glass which was launched back in 2012 as a consumer product. However, by 2015 Google had chosen to stop selling it to consumers.

By 2017 the tech giant had eventually shifted its focus toward business users, with the first Enterprise edition adopted in various industries such as manufacturing and logistics.

The new Glass Enterprise Edition not only has updated hardware and design but is also significantly cheaper, priced at $999 compared with $1,500 for the original version.

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform which is “significantly more powerful” than the Intel Atom SoC in the previous Google Glass Enterprise model.

The new quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU processor has been designed specifically for augmented and virtual reality applications and will help the new Glass headset incorporate “computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities.”

In terms of optics, the eyewear has an 8-megapixel camera for capturing the environment, a 640 x 360 optical display, and a multi-touch gesture touchpad. It also gets 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5 for connectivity as well as 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

Google has also partnered with Smith Optics to add more safety frames for the Glass. 

By Paul Joseph